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May 22, 2013

Headlines May 22, 2013

Business

Rolls-Royce wins engine order from U.S. lessor CIT

Britain’s Rolls-Royce has won a contract to supply engines to power 23 Airbus aircraft ordered by U.S. leasing company CIT Aerospace, it said May 22.

Boeing defense chief sees rising R&D, margins

Boeing’s defense division expects to continue growing its research and development spending and operating margins in coming years, regardless of what happens with top line revenues.

Delta Airlines wants to stop Ex-Im help on big jets

Delta Air Lines wants the U.S. Export-Import Bank to stop helping state-owned foreign airlines buy wide-body jets from Boeing, and would be willing to forgo such support for its own purchases if all such subsidies were eliminated, its chief executive said May 22.

 

Defense

Lawmakers: Keep flying Global Hawk Block 30 through 2016

Lawmakers want the Air Force to keep flying the unmanned RQ-4 Global Hawk Block 30 for another three years, despite the service’s contention that the manned U-2 is better suited for intelligence gathering.

DOD’s request for 1 percent military pay raise, Tricare fee hikes rejected by House panel

A key House panel rejected the idea that budget cuts must mean pain for service members, retirees and their families.

Pentagon to take over some CIA drone operations

President Barack Obama’s administration has decided to give the Pentagon control of some drone operations against terrorist suspects overseas that are currently run by the CIA, several U.S. government sources said May 20.

U.S. Air Force to move forward target date for F-35 use

The U.S. Air Force plans to start operational use of Lockheed Martin Corp.-built F-35 fighter jets in mid-2016, a year earlier than planned, using a similar software package as the Marine Corps, two sources familiar with the plans said May 20.

Pentagon wants $450 million for maintaining, upgrading Guantanamo prison

The Pentagon is asking Congress for more than $450 million for maintaining and upgrading the Guantanamo Bay prison that President Barack Obama wants to close.

Hagel directs Pentagon to seek new software for health records

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on May 22 directed the Pentagon to seek new healthcare management software that would better integrate military health care records with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

 

Tech

Hypersonic weapons could hit battlefield by 2025

High-tech weapons may be screaming through the skies at five times the speed of sound by the middle of the next decade, U.S. military officials say.

Solar Impulse plane’s trans-America bid continues

The Solar Impulse solar-powered plane has set off on the second leg of its trans-American journey. It took off at 4:47, a.m., May 22 from Phoenix, Ariz., bound for Dallas, Texas.

 

International

Helmet for Britain’s new F-35 fighter has ‘significant technical deficiencies’

An “augmented reality” flight helmet for Britain’s new F-35 fighter allowing the pilot to see 360 degrees has “significant technical deficiencies” which have forced designers back to the drawing board.

 

Viewpoint

The generals flunk the birds ‘n’ bees test

The Washington Times

The latest report by the Defense Department’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office documents the dysfunctional consequences of social experiments with human sexuality in our military over many years. What’s worse, the department’s plans will extend problems of sexual assault and misconduct into the combat arms.




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Headlines October 22, 2014

News: Northrop challenges 3DELRR contract award - Northrop Grumman has formally issued a protest against the US Air Force’s decision to award its next-generation ground based radar to competitor Raytheon.   Business: Defense firms prefer GOP, but spread campaign cash between political parties - For every campaign contribution from a major arms manufacturer to a Republican candidate...
 
 

News Briefs October 22, 2014

Military converges on scene of Kansas jet crash Military personnel are investigating at the site in southeast Kansas where an Oklahoma Air National Guard fighter jet crashed after a midair collision with another one during a training exercise. The F-16 crashed Oct. 20 in a pasture about three miles northeast of Moline, an Elk County...
 
 
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Upgrades ‘new normal’ for armor in uncertain budget environment

Courtesy photograph The current Paladin is severely under-powered and overweight so its speed of cross-country mobility is pretty restricted. The Paladin Integrated Management program is designed to address a number of these we...
 

 

ISR: A critical capability for 21st century warfare

The progressive adaptations and breakthroughs made in the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance arena have changed the way wars are fought, and the way commanders think about the battlespace. “Whether we have airmen exploiting full motion video data or serving downrange in the (Central Command) area of responsibility, these individuals make up an enterprise of 30,000...
 
 

Lockheed Martin teams with Roketsan of Turkey on new standoff missile for F-35

Roketsan and Lockheed Martin signed a teaming agreement Oct. 22 for collaboration on the SOM-J, a new generation air-to-surface Standoff Cruise Missile for the F-35 Lightning II. The SOM system is an autonomous, long-range, low-observable, all-weather, precision air-to-surface cruise missile. The SOM-J variant is tailored for internal carriage on the F-35 aircraft. The companies will...
 
 

Army Operating Concept expands definition of combined arms

The Army Operating Concept, published Oct. 7, expands the idea of joint combined-arms operations to include intergovernmental and special operations capabilities, said Gen. Herbert R. McMaster Jr. The new concept includes prevention and shaping operations at the strategic level across domains that include maritime, air, space and cyberspace, he said. It’s a “shift in emphasis,”...
 




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